Enough already…Maxine Waters, the controversial Democratic congresswoman from California, is under fire again for her shady campaign finance practices.
It was recently reported:
“Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) in the second quarter of 2023 continued her long-held practice of paying her daughter with funds from her campaign, which steered thousands of dollars to Karen Waters, campaign finance disclosures show.
The campaign for Maxine Waters has paid more than $1.2 million to Karen Waters since 2003 for slate-mailer operations and also items such as “administrative services,” “fundraising,” and “rally expenses,” the Washington Examiner reported. On April 27, Karen Waters was sent $8,000 combined from her mother’s committee, Citizens for Waters, for a “slate mailer management fee,” according to newly released disclosures.
The revelation that Waters has poured more cash into the pockets of Karen Waters comes amid scrutiny from the GOP and watchdog groups over politicians using their campaigns to support their family members. “Squad” Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) faced multiple ethics complaints earlier this year over her payments to Cortney Merritts, a security professional from St. Louis, Missouri, whom she married in February in a private wedding ceremony.”
This is not the first time that Waters has been accused of shady campaign finance practices. In 2004, it was revealed that Waters had paid her husband and other family members nearly $1 million in campaign funds over the previous eight years. Waters defended the payments at the time, saying that her family members were “hardworking and honest.”
However, Waters’ critics have argued that the payments were a way for her to enrich her family at the expense of her constituents. They have also argued that the payments violated campaign finance laws.
The latest revelations about Waters’ campaign finance practices are likely to add to the growing calls for her to resign from Congress. Waters is already facing an ethics investigation for her role in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. If she is found to have violated campaign finance laws, she could face criminal charges.
The investigation into Waters’ campaign finance practices is ongoing. It remains to be seen whether she will be charged with any crimes. However, the latest revelations have only served to further tarnish her reputation.